The recent opening of the comics exhibition “Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames” at MUU Gallery in Helsinki has attracted media coverage from Yle, Finland’s national public service broadcasting company.
The August 28 exhibition opening made the 6pm news bulletin of Yle’s TV channel TV1 the following evening and featured an interview with Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) president Durk Dehner (coverage begins at 19:05):
The exhibition’s opening was also the subject of a story on Yle’s news website.
“Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames” includes comic art by Tom of Finland, along with other artists associated ToFF, including Etienne, The Hun, Michael Kirwan, Jouni Lepistö, Joe Phillips, Benoît Prévot, Studio Splatter, Thor of Sweden, and Bill Ward.
The opening was also the launch of a book from Finnish publisher Like Publishing, Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia. ToFF teamed with this publisher to present numerous Tom of Finland comics in their original Finnish text, including several stories that appeared in print for the first time.
The exhibition was organized in cooperation with Tom of Finland Foundation, Tom of Finland Seura (a Tom of Finland organisation in Finland), Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Comics Museum and The Finnish Comics Society (which awarded Tom Finland’s most prestigious comic awards in 1990, the Puupäähattu). It is one of the highlights of the 29th Helsinki Comics Festival (which this year celebrates queer artists), and it coincides with the 40th anniversary year of Seta, Finland’s main LGBT rights organisation.
“Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames” runs until September 28 at MUU Galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm. Map | Facebook event | Gallery phone number +358-(0)9-625 972.